Dietitians' Advice on When to Drink Green Tea to Get the Most Antioxidant Absorption

When you sip the soothing drink can affect its good-for-you properties. Here’s the best time for tea time.

Whether it's the warmth of a steaming mug on a chilly morning or the refreshing coolness of iced green tea on a hot summer day, green tea is a popular drink we enjoy for its pleasantly earthy taste–and big health benefits.

 Green tea is renowned for its health-promoting properties. The brew packs plant compounds called catechins (a type of flavonoid), in particular epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant that fends off free radicals and combats inflammation.

However, certain factors–like the time of day or the other things you’re eating and drinking–can play into how well your body absorbs these beneficial compounds.

So, if you are drinking green tea for a boost of disease-fighting antioxidants and want to know the most effective time to drink it for maximum absorption, keep reading.

So, if you are drinking green tea for a boost of disease-fighting antioxidants and want to know the most effective time to drink it for maximum absorption, keep reading.

Hot water can help tea extract more polyphenols and scavenge oxidative radicals compared to cold water

, BMI and genetics may impact a person’s antioxidant absorption abilities too, but more data is needed.

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